When leadership fails, the team fails and, when the team fails, it is usually due to a deviation in the organizational culture.
Teams can often appear to us in many different forms. Too often we think of sports teams, then we might think of office teams, pit crews in auto racing, Broadway show performers and the backstage crew. From time-to-time we think of Canadian Geese, or a pride of lions. I have yet to hear anyone come up with horses in reference to teamwork.
If only team leaders could get sage, concrete leadership advice from a wiser, older version of themselves on how to pull a team together and get them to perform! Oh wait – you’ve got me, and I have the answers.
Geri led a high-achieving help desk team with members who were all very good at their respective jobs and who seemed to get along. Trouble was brewing, though, and she knew it.
I’ll never forget my first day as a brand-new real estate agent, several years ago. My boss shook my hand, said, “Welcome aboard,” and showed me my desk. “Here’s your business cards and phone,” he said, and left with an airy, “Good luck!” Not the best team development approach, right?
Assigning experienced team members to assist and mentor newer, less experienced team member can have life-changing results. I’ve seen it in action many times; mentoring is a team development strategy that team leaders should employ [...]
Work teams aren’t monoliths: They’re comprised of individuals, each with their own way of doing things and their own personalities. A critical team leadership skill is developing an awareness of the role that personality plays in doing an exemplary job.
In some organizations, the words “team building exercise” invokes anxiety and can send employees scurrying out of sight, away on sudden errands, or off to an early lunch. In others, teams look forward to these sessions and show up ready to have fun. What makes the difference?
How often have you sat in a meeting led by an upper-level manager or even a CEO who concluded the meeting by saying, “Feel free to come to me with any questions; my door is [...]
A critical leadership development concept I’ve written quite a bit about giving feedback to team members, and there’s one word that I admonish team leaders – and team members giving each other feedback – to [...]